The Kura began it's existence in 1894 as Karikari Native School, and was located at the original site of Tamapahore Marare. The Education Board initially administered the school. In 1943 that Kura moved to its current site and the name changed to Papamoa Maori School. The land for the Kura was gifted by Anamaria Pine Honiana. In 1968, after a series of community hui the name "Otepou" was adopted.

in 1992, Otepou was approved Kura Kaupapa Maori status. Since 1993, there have been changes in the Kura, including legislative and aesthetical improvements. These changes could be likened to a journey. Read more >>>